Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dies at 62
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Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dies at 62

Manchester : United Kingdom | May 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM PDT
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Bee Gee Robin Gibb dies - Morre Robin Gibb do Bee Gee 20/05/2012

Robin Gibb, one of the brothers of the unique threesome disco group the Bee Gees died Sunday of cancer, a representative said. He was 62.

The Gibb family, who is asking for their privacy at this time, released this information: "Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery," according to the Gibb's representative Doug Wright.

The England-born Gibb's "Saturday Night Fever" compilation soundtrack from 1977 played on radio stations and brought the wall flowers out to the mirrored ball dance floors for slow love songs and upbeat disco tunes all over the world as it is known as the all time fastest selling album with the unmatched distinctive falsetto harmonic voices of the brothers three.

In the late '70s, the era of disco fever, men wore chunky high-heeled shoes, bell bottoms with flashy bright colored button down shirts that glimmered under the disco ball with the Bee Gees accommodating and dressing accordingly. Most teen girls like myself knew most their songs word for word and never missed a chance to show off in front of their friends when one of their songs played. It was easy for a young girl to sound like a Bee Gee - at least I thought I did.

But that is not the only time the trio had success, playing together since the late '50s through 2003, the brothers also gained fame as a pop band in the 1960s. But after the sudden death of their brother and band member Maurice, Robin and Barry retired the band's name after 45 years, according to Wikipedia. Today, the more than 6,000 cover songs created from their works prove their popularity knew no bounds.

Robin Gibb, the brother without facial hair, stood out among the other two, who throughout their careers kept primped beards. In the early years, at a glance the band almost appeared like the Beatles with their dark suits and long hair and early musical style, but when the Gibbs' falsetto voices with unique self-written songs came out, there was a stark distinction that couldn't be matched. Their tight three-part harmonies were instantly recognized when one of their new songs came out on the radio or dance floor, because no one sounded like the Bee Gees.

Two-hundred million records were sold under the Bee Gees talented name, making it a given for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Robin Gibb is survived by his wife Dwina and their four children and a sister, Lesley Evans. The only surviving Bee Gee is Barry.

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File photo of Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees backstage during the 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York
File photo of Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees backstage during the 25th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York
Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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